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April 14, 2011 4:56 pm

Lombardi, on decision to assign Schenn

I had the chance to briefly chat with Dean Lombardi about the decision to send Brayden Schenn to Manchester of the American Hockey League, now that Schenn’s junior-hockey career is over…

LOMBARDI: “I just think it’s the best place for him to start right now. It’s not like we can’t recall him. He just spent 10 hours on a bus, coming back from that (playoff) game last night, so it’s not really practical to even consider playing here right now, in fairness to him. And actually, in terms of where his development is, it still is the best thing for him. In terms of the team right now, I’m not sure it’s fair to think he’s going to be able to go out there and play at this level. I talked to him at 10 o’clock this morning, and his bus was just getting home. He was just getting in. He had to return my call, because he was just getting off the bus. He had to sleep all day.”

Here’s what Terry Murray said about Schenn’s short-term future…

MURRAY: “All I know is that he has been assigned to Manchester. That means he is available to us. Get down there, and hopefully he gets into some games, playing at that level and just continues with his career, and if there’s a need, we can have him available at any time.”

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